Former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) has become the first casualty on Trump’s dysfunctional presidential transition team.
Rogers’ resignation comes just four days after he was tapped to head up Trump’s National Security appointments.
Rogers issued a statement following his departure stating that it was a “privilege” helping Trump “prepare” his national security team.
“‘It was a privilege to prepare and advise the policy, personnel and agency action teams on all aspects of the national security portfolio during the initial pre-election planning phase,’ Rogers said in a statement Tuesday. ‘Our work will provide a strong foundation for the new transition team leadership as they move into the post-election phase, which naturally is incorporating the campaign team in New York who drove President-elect Trump to an incredible victory last Tuesday.'”
Rogers’ exit gives credence to reports of chaos and disorganization within the Trump transition team. One CNN source described the atmosphere as a “knife fight,” between people like Trump’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus, and his senior advisor Steve Bannon.
Bannon is the former editor of Breitbart News, the premiere Alt-Right website known for its unabashed white nationalist rhetoric. He represents the most extreme right-wing faction of the GOP and has a long reputation for having a violent temper and sharp tongue.
While Priebus, the former Republican National Committee Chairman, represents the GOP establishment.
Both men are said to have equal stature within the Trump administration, which appears to be turning the transition into a living nightmare.
Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence only have a few months to pull a full team together, and they are already falling apart.
Trump’s presidency is proving to be more and more of a national embarrassment each passing day, and he hasn’t even been inaugurated yet.
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